SUPPORT SHOPPING SMALL
Working on your own from home as a creator can be a lonely place. It's often hard to find like minded people to bounce ideas off, and sometimes you can go days without seeing another human (except those you happen to be lucky enough to live with). It can make you do strange things, like kissing large plastic elephants! I know that finding inspiration for my art and graphics work can be hard when you are surrounded by toys and snotty toddlers!
For those of us who have founded businesses, but also juggle part time jobs, school runs, cleaning, caring, accountancy, fund raising and so on self care, and care for each other is increasingly important.
I have come to learn that if we support each other great things can happen. The validation that comes from other makers and crafters is invaluable. So if you need someone to have a chat with, I am always here for you. Just pop me a DM on Insta and I will reply as soon as I am able
I helped to create and now run a large Facebook group for those professionals working in the wedding sector. It allows groups of professionals to come together to set up 'trade-for-print' photoshoots. The images captured in the shoots are used across social media platforms for publicity, but can also be submitted to blogs and magazines, which enhance the experience you can give to your wedding couples, and hopefully gain you some exposure and work.
It's also a safe space to ask for advice and to chat all things 'wedding professional'.
If you work in the wedding sector please click on the image to your right, and answer
the questions on the 'join' page.
HOW TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MAKERS
1 WRITE THEM AN INCREDIBLE REVIEW
The easiest and simplest way to show your thanks to an independent or home-crafted small business is to write them a GOOGLE review. We creators love to hear about what you think of our makes, and how you are using them in your homes and businesses. It's such a simple task but every review is so helpful to a small business. Every lovely review we receive makes us do a small happy dance, and you help us to feel incredible.
2 REFER THEM TO YOUR FRIENDS
Tell everyone about your wonderful product or piece of art work. If you're happy with your order then spread the love, and encourage your friends and family to look them up too. Spread the love on social media. Most of our work comes from word of mouth, so be sure to tag or mention the supplier's name
3 LIKE, POST, ENGAGE
Instagram is the small seller's most powerful tool. Follow your favourite suppliers. Like, save and re-share their posts to your stories and post photo's of the products, arts and crafts and edible goodies once you've received them or they are in place in your home - and don't forget to tag the supplier! These small things really do mean the world to us, and actually help us expand our reach to new potential customers. To those of you already doing this, you are absolute superstars and we love you for this. THANK YOU
ONLINE SMALL SELLER WISH LIST
Sometimes it can be easy to use a certain online store to create a 'wish list' of goodie you would like to Christmas or birthdays etc. which is then shared with family or friends.
But there is another way! 'My Wish List' is a website that allows you to add gifts you would like from independent makers, sellers and creators. The url to the gift you would like is added to your online wish list, and once your list is created, the link an be shared with your family and friends. You get the gift you want, and a lovely small business receives a much wanted and appreciated sale. Click the image to follow the link to the wish list website